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Greatest sporting moments for 2017Newsday :: 28.12.2017
2017 has been one of the most difficult years for managing sport in this country's history. Almost weekly, a different National Sporting Organisation (NSO) is expressing money woes and appealing to the Government and corporate sponsors for support. The downturn in the economy has been felt by all, but amidst the gloom, there were several bright spots for 2017. Despite the financial constraints, this country's sportsmen and women continue to excel and give the nation something to be proud of. Here are the greatest sporting moments for 2017:
1) World Championship relay gold
The quartet of Jereem Richards, Lalonde Gordon, Machel Cedenio and Jarrin Solomon created history in London by winning this country's first ever 4x400m gold medal at a major international meet.
TT have always produced quality quarter-mile runners, but gold has been elusive till August 13, 2017.
Jereem announced his name on the world stage with a bronze medal showing in the Men's 200m event, displaying a breathtaking late burst of speed at just 23 years old.
Glory beckoned for TT in the 4x400m final with the management team tinkering with the line-up for the final, replacing Renny Quow with Jereem.
Favoured for the gold – and understandably so – were USA who had won this event at the 'Worlds' since 2005.. Solomon got TT off to a decent start before passing the baton to Jereem who pushed TT into second spot with a strong surge in the final 200m of his leg, with USA in first place.
Machel Cedenio, who placed fourth in the 400m final at the 2016 Olympics and is the national record holder, ran an excellent leg as well, handing Gordon the stick just a couple strides behind USA's Fred Kerley.
The Tobagonian stalked the American for the majority of the race, before making his move with about 50m to go.
Kerley had no answer for Gordon's attack as TT stunned the world to clinch gold in a national record and world leading time of 2:58.12. USA took silver in 2:58.61, with Great Britain third in 2:59.00.
TT's stunning performance was recognised at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards in November, with the TT men winning the award for Best Male Athletes of the Americas.
Lalonde Gordon, left, anchors Trinidad and Tobago to a sensational victory in the Men's 4x400m relay final at the World Championships in London.